Brad Bowser is in his seventh season at the helm of the Taylor softball program in 2017 and stands as the winningest coach in program history with a career record of 141-106. Before being named head coach, Bowser served as an assistant under former head coach Robin Lockridge.
After a 42-17 record during the 2014 campaign, Bowser guided the Trojans to the programs first back-to-back winning seasons with a 36-16 in 2015. The team posted a 26-8 conference record, which stands as the most conference wins in a season in program history. Davis Carter earned NAIA Second-Team All-American honors, just the third Taylor player to do so, and was named to the All-Crossroads League. Joining Carter on the All-Crossroads League was Alex Lovelace, while Lauren Ehle was named Honorable Mention.
In 2014, Bowser and the Trojans completed the most successful season in program history with a final record of 42-17. Bowser was named Coach of the Year in the Crossroads League, while freshmen Lauren Ehle and Alex Lovelace earned Second-Team All-American recognition, the first Taylor players to ever do so.
The Trojans set season school records in team batting average, runs scored, hits, home runs, and RBI, among others. Taylor also won its first ever regular season league title, its first league tournament title since 1999, and capped it all off with a dramatic win over Georgetown in the NAIA National Tournament, the first win for the program on the national stage.
Before coming to Taylor, Bowser was the head softball coach for two seasons at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. His teams broke 16 school records during that span, including wins in a season, batting average, hits, runs batted in, runs scored, doubles, triples, on base percentage, slugging percentage, walks, total bases, shut-outs in a season, saves in a season and strikeouts. Four players earned All-Conference honors and eight were recognized as Academic All-Conference.
While at LeTourneau, Bowser also served as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life.
Bowser is married to his wife, Jane, and the couple has two children.
The 2017 season is the second for Barry Ehle as an assistant coach for the Taylor softball team.
Ehle joined the Taylor staff in 2016 after a successful five-year head-coaching stint at Woodlan High School. During his time as head coach, Ehle led Woodlan to a 105-36 overall record, three sectional titles, three regional championships, one semi-state crown and a 2011 state runner-up finish.
Ehle graduated from Franklin College in 1986 with a degree in biology and secondary education and is now in his 31st year as a high school teacher. After teaching for 19 years at Ft. Wayne South Side, he is now in his 12th year at Woodlan where he teaches biology, anatomy and physiology.
Ehle and his wife Pam reside in New Haven, Indiana and have two children, Courtney and Lauren. Lauren is a current member of the Taylor softball team.